from Jim Brunner Ministries
May 19 2018
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15 NIV).
How does Prayer work? Satan tells you it's a waste of time. But it does work because God is in control. That's why there are miracles - because His will always prevails. Yes, asPsalm 33:11 declares, "But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally" (Psalm 33:11 GNT).
God's unlimited resources are available to you. Twenty times in the New Testament it says, "Ask." You may not be able to change a situation, but you can pray and in His time God can and will change it. In the mean time He has changed you!
So, you ask, "If God is in control and is loving why don't I get the answers I want?" Look, God is in control; we are not. You do not give your child everything he wants. He does not know what's good for him. You and I are His children being taught His ways through faith in Christ.
I learned years ago many Christians when praying for the same thing want different results. We need to trust Him not our own desires. God's answers are always best! As 1 John 5:14-15 NIV says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15 NIV). That's exactly how Jesus prayed: "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine" (Luke 22:42NLT).
Prayer works. It isn't a waste of your time. God is in control, and He wants to hear your prayers - He is listening!